A look at the Golden State Warriors' playoff picture

It was Warriors in six in one of the biggest playoff upsets in National Basketball Association history.

No. 8 Portland Trail Blazers (41-41) vs.

The Atlanta Hawks (+175 on the first-round series prices) and big man Dwight Howard could take advantage of the Washington Wizards (-205) not having C Ian Mahimi for the early portion of their series.

No matter how it happened, Vonleh's layup at the buzzer gave the Portland Trail Blazers a 99-98 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Monday night despite resting starters Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum. So, the Blazers were one of those teams to beat the Warriors during the regular season.

When it comes to picking a potential upset, No. 5 seeds do advance about 5 per cent more often than No. 6 seeds.

Mills is the only one still with the same team and, while no one would completely count out the Spurs doing it again, they face an uphill battle to get past the Warriors just to win the Western Conference Championship. Los Angeles would be the preferred opponent as the Warriors went undefeated against them this year, winning by no less than 10 points each time. The Warriors only have to look to themselves to know they need to be careful. We can't expect to win because everybody else is expecting us to win, or [because] we had a better record, or what looks good on paper. It's always scary to bet against the Warriors at the Oracle Arena, but I'm taking the Blazers with the points.

One thing you absolutely can not have if you want any chance at beating the Warriors is a perimeter player who is an absolute zero on offense.

Considering Cleveland and Golden State have competed in each of the past two NBA Finals, this is hardly surprising news. But Golden State at 98 percent is still really good.

Nurkic is officially listed as "questionable" for the first game of the series, the technical designation given to a player that has a 50 percent chance of playing.

Newly acquired center Jusuf Nurkic is the biggest question mark. Great shot selection and good shot making had plenty to do with the Warriors outscoring the Trail Blazers by an average score of 125-106. All four regular season matchups between the two teams (which Golden State swept 4-0) took place before the end of January, however, and a considerable portion of the Warriors' success in those games was due to the kind of shots they took. For the second straight year, the Pelicans sputtered to the finish line before beating the Portland Trail Blazers, 103-100, in the regular season finale at the Moda Center. On paper, on social media, and in the minds of many National Basketball Association experts, this could be a very one-sided playoff series.

The absolute best talent in this series, however, belongs with the Bucks. Giannis Antetokounmpo is a multi-dimensional young superstar who is going to be a handful all series. The Blazers weren't supposed to even make the postseason, but after pulling off the trade for Nurkic posted one of the best records in the league during the second half of the season.

But Iguodala's point also matters, that this holding can ultimately work out in Golden State's favor.